5 Holiday Hacks for Decorating Hosting and Cleaning

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We sent Sarah Gibson of Room for Tuesday blog our CrossWave® Cordless Max Multi-Surface Wet Dry Vac for free ahead of the holidays to help her keep things clean. Read below to find out how it helped her during the busy holiday season.

If you follow along on Instagram stories, you already know – I shared a different holiday hack every day one week during the crazy time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I figured to document and record my holiday hacks permanently, a blog post was in order… although you can also find them in the IG highlight titled “holiday 2019”, if you prefer video format. Whether you’re tidying up for holiday house guests, are hosting dinner or Christmas events, or are still perfecting your seasonal decor, hopefully these will help save you time and keep the season stress-free.

1. Think Outside the Box When Tree Decorating

Holiday decor can be expensive. Try thinking of regular decor you already own and how you can apply it to your holiday home. For example, instead of a tree skirt or tree collar, hide the base in a planter or basket… or use a faux fur throw or cable knit blanket to conceal the base. In addition to planters, baskets, and throws – I also like to use florals, feathers, wreaths, and ribbon to style my tree. Use what you already own and don’t be afraid to shop in non-holiday sections for your decor.

Christmas Tree


2. Winter Cleaning Made Easy

I am a BISSELL partner, so they sent me a CrossWave® Cordless Max to help clean up around the holidays. I’d rather spend my time enjoying the holidays with friends and family, rather than spending forever preparing for them (aka- cleaning before their arrival). My new favorite way to clean our floors this winter has been with my CrossWave® Cordless Max 2-in-1 system. It vacuums and washes the floors at the same time, which saves me time! From muddy paw prints (thanks to the snow), to loose glitter and pine needles (thanks to holiday decor), I’m able to quickly clean our sealed hardwoods, tile, and refresh area rugs around our home… without getting the dogs tangled in a cord, because we all know they’re my shadows. Since we have so much snow outside and the yard is a muddy wet mess, this thing has seen a lot of action lately. Who else does a quick clean before guests show up? I always run around like a crazy lady!

Holiday Cleaning with CrossWave


3. Coffee Station That Doubles as a Hot Cocoa Bar

If you’re hosting and have a coffee station in your kitchen, turn it into an easy hot cocoa bar! Swap out the coffee for cocoa ingredients, add a festive tea towel, some greenery, and style some sweets and toppings on your countertop, then call it good. Guests will be impressed, and it feels very festive for minimal effort spent.

Coffee Station


4. Stocking Slipcovers

I shared this post on the blog earlier in the season, and I’ve loved seeing so many of you make these (thanks for tagging me)! Rather than buying new stockings, if you want an updated look – make your own stocking “slipcovers”. It’s an easy hack for freshening your mantel without breaking the budget.

Stocking Slipcovers


5. One Stop Holiday Shop

You don’t have to make a bunch of stops to cross everything off your holiday to-do list… and nobody will be the wiser. I think of the grocery store as my “one stop shop” during the holidays. Trader Joe’s is my grocery of choice and it has everything I need for entertaining, easy gifts, and floral arrangements in a pinch. Check out this post for a video tutorial on creating professional looking floral arrangements using grocery store flowers. This post breaks down how I make an easy charcuterie board that is perfect for entertaining. As far as gifts go, I never show up to a party empty-handed, and TJ’s carries lots of fun seasonal things this time of year: potted plants, candles, festive baking mixes in jars, seasonal wine and beer (if you’re not in Utah), and more! If I’m in a hurry, rather than running around to a bunch of different places, I try to consolidate.

grocery store flowers

That wraps up my 5 holiday hacks lots of you watched on Instagram – thanks for checking them out. I hope some of these were helpful!

About Sarah: Sarah started Room for Tuesday in 2014 and hasn’t looked back. She writes mainly about interior and design related topics and pretty much anything else she finds inspiring. She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah where she and her husband are renovating their third home.